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Pumpkin, Pumpkin uLast Summer is my first Kylie Ladd novel and I really enjoyed this Australian author s take on the aftermath of death among a group of friends in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne When talented recreational cricketer Rory Buchanan diesnexpectedly at cricket practice from a heart condition his wife children and friends struggle to deal with their loss When I was almost seventeen and smack bang in the middle of my HSC trial exams my best friend died in a car accident Much of that time for me was a blur but I still remember where I was and how I felt the moment the news broke The aftermath was an extremely confusing time for me it was the first brush with death I had experienced at that age and didn t know what to expect I was caught between wanting to move on and remember my friend with happy memories and wanting to respectfully mourn her too So when I read the opening chapter of Last Summer which relays Nick s account of losing his best mate I could connect with his experience on a deep level I was surprised thereafter to find that the POV switched at each chapter between four couples Kelly Rory s sister and her husband Joe Nick and Laine Pete and Trinity Anita and James and then Colleen Rory s widowed wife I was a tad disappointed that Nick didn t have another chapter to himself Temple of Cocidius: A Monster Girl Harem Adventure: Book 2 (English Edition) until much later in the book and I actually found Nick and Laine s story to be the mostnresolved out of all the couples by the end which was nfortunate because it was these two characters that I felt I connected with at the outset Last Summer explores the different ways people mourn by withdrawing by being surrounded by people by talking or by dealing with it solitarily The grief managed to affect each of these 9 adults in various ways and within the couples they were challenged with staying connected Rory had always been the outgoing sociable guy who brought everyone together and the group struggle to celebrate his memory when the one person who held them all together is no longer with them Through insightful storytelling Kylie Ladd explores the many layers of grief and its effect on the family nit friendships and the individual She skilfully allows the reader to connect with many characters and Temple of Cocidius: A Monster Girl Harem Adventure Serial: Book I (English Edition) understand them from various viewpoints No doubt her background in psychology has allowed her to access her characters at a deep level and present them in a way that readers can relate to Everyone has experienced loss at some stage in their life and with every loss comes change Ladd explores how this change can transpire in the lives of friends and family I ll definitely be seeking out her first novel After the Fall Since reading Kylie Ladd s debut novel After the Fall I ve been anxiously awaiting her next release When I finally got my hands on Last Summer I was ecstatic and relieved when from the first line I knew it wasn t going to be a decision I regrettedThey were making love when Rory died p1With the sudden death of Rory Buchanan his devastated family and closest friends are faced with thencomfortable truth of their mortality and themselves Their grief creates fractures in their relationships as they reassess their priorities and struggle to deal with their loss Unflinchingly honest Last Summer has a deceptively spare style that is nevertheless loaded with subtext This novel is not only about death but life and how we go on living despite a tragic loss It is a Bounce universal theme a common human experience that we all confront at some time and this novel will make you thinkLast Summernfolds from the perspective of nine characters each of whom have been affected in different ways by the tragedy One of the things I find most impressive about Ladd s writing is that her characters live within the pages of her novel They eat shower bicker make love go to work arrange childcare these ordinary events contrasting the tedium of living against their complex emotional lives It is often said that no two people React To An Event to an event the same way yet we many of s consider that there is a right and wrong way particularly where grieving is concerned Last Summer perfectly illustrates the individuality of response to crisis and forces the reader to examine their own attitudeLadd s background in psychology no doubt assists her in creating well rounded authentic characters who are both familiar and extraordinary The ordinary group of middle class suburbanites in Last Summer are as emotionally complicated as any individual you knowOne of the reasons that this novel resonates so strongly with me is because there are some eerie parallels to my own experiences The death of a friend from an aggressive cancer barely 2 months after her diagnosis in my late twenties had a similar impact cancer barely 2 months after her diagnosis in my late twenties had a similar impact that which Ladd writes about on our group of friends In the aftermath of her passing a couple split another nearly destroyed her marriage by having an affair three of the eight women in our circle changed careers we had all worked together at the time two couples moved away The loss changed s all as we were forced to confront our mortality and examine our life choicesEntertaining and compelling Last Summer is the best contemporary fiction novel I have read all year with it s insightful examination of life and death in the Australian suburbs I m already greedy for Kylie Ladd s next book I found last summer to be a couple of good things It was a good meditation on the effects of sudden death on the people closer to the deceasedMore interestingly I found it to be a good answer to hurl 25 years too late at Margaret Thatcher after her claim there is no such thing as society only individuals and familiesWhat I found most distinctive in this novel was how embedded the action was in society It showed very clearly that society includes a range of Institutions That Need To Be Supported By that need to be supported by to make possible the civil society we need and depend on to make life meaningful What I took away from this novel was that without society and its institutions the life of families and individuals would turn Hobbesian at a very rapid rate Review for the Australian Women Writers Challenge 2012Rory is a larger then life character and prominent figure in his circle of friends Whether it s organising special eventstraining for the cricket club or get togethers and parties for his friends he was the key to keeping this tight nit group together But Rory sudden death put a strain on the remaining friendship and marriages and with some it has prompted them re evaluate their own livesThis is the first book I ve read of Kylie Ladd and I think sh. Rory Buchanan has it all looks talent charisma an all around good guy he's the centre of every party and a loving father and husband Then one summer's afternoon tragedy strikes and those who are closest to him struggle to come to terms with their loss Friendships are strained marriages falter and loyalties are tested in a gripping and brilliantly crafted novel of loss grief and desireTold.

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E did a marvellous job in capturing the emotional struggle of 9 individuals and how they cope with grief from losing a loved one It s a fascinating insight on the different ways we mourn someone and how we look at life going forward some were silent and withdrawn some were angry and others took it Good Friends, Good Guns, Good Whiskey upon themselves to make some life changing experience without either consulting or considering their partners I noticed since Rory s death that most of them kept their grief to themselves and rarely spoken openly to each other or their spouses about how they are feeling It s really hard on marriages and friendships when you re shut down or excluded like this and I can see the real importance of communication in these situationsThis is also a story of ordinary people with ordinary lives and how they juggle work children family life and marriage They are real and believable situations and as a reader will find many situations in the book part of your everyday life However I felt the ending left a lot of issuesnresolved and there were too characters and story lines which seemed a bit too busy for me But generally it was a pleasant and Confident of Better Things uick read This book was very difficult to get started Trying to remember all the characters who was married to who and which kids belonged to what parents was hella confusing but I eventually mapped it out and when I did I began to really enjoy the book I found myself interested in each character and enjoyed developing annderstanding of how each person came to that point in their livesIt was easy to resonate with and involves themes that will likely engage a widevast audience Some themes were challenging to read or consider because they were raw The author touched on themes that are not readily discussed in our society and presented them in a realistic wayThe ending made me feel a bit ripped off would have liked a few chapters Kylie Ladd s second novel brings Language up aestion that none of of like to think about How we would cope with the loss of a loved one Set in suburban Melbourne the story goes of a group of friend all approaching 40 who play cricket for the local team At the heart of that group of friends is Rory who is team captain and a larger than life character When tragety strikes with the Misfortune Cookies (When the Fat Ladies Sing unexpected death of Rory this tightly nit group slowly falls apart Without there buddy the mates find themselves lost and struggeling to try and makes sense of things This effects their families in many ways while trying their best to support the newly widowed Colleen and her kidsTold by the viewpoints of the mates and their wives Ladd does a excellent job of creating believable and distinctive characters All of them have different personalities and have different relationships with Rory wich meant many differnt ways of mourning This not suprisingly creates its own tension with the mates and their families Theestion arising will there friendships surviveOverall Last Summer is an excellent second novel from Ladd Absorbing and compelling in it s delivery the novel shows how we as humans can nver know for certainly what the future holds when it comes and how we will react If you are interested in a Unraveling Josh (Ellery College, uality Australian contemporary novel then Last Summer may be the ideal ticket Well worth reading i say By the simple act of telling a story a good book can carry a light into the dark andnexamined corners of a reader s life The darkest of these nexamined corners is occupied by the single irrefutable truth of OUR EXISTENCE DEATH LEFT IN THE SHADOWS THIS STARK existence death Left in the shadows this stark can take on all of the attributes of a nightmarish spectre Left nexamined we may be left entirely The Sublime unprepared when death intrudespon our own lives Something it will do eventuallyLast Summer by Kylie Ladd begins with the sudden death of Rory Buchanan captain of the local cricket team a man in the prime of his life We immediately enter the lives of those Rory left behind his wife Colleen his sister Kelly her husband Joe and Rory s friends and team mates Nick James and Pete and their wives Laine Anita and Trinity as they in their various ways cope with Rory s death and face Letters Between a Catholic and an Evangelical up to the fact that life does and will go on without himLast Summer is told from the points of view of these nine characters with full chapters from one point of view only This method of storytelling reuires strong characterisation so that each individual point of view provides aniue perspective on the events By choosing suburban Melbourne as her setting and the cricket club as her focal point Ladd has made things difficult for herself There is much that is necessarily shared by all of these nine characters They are all white they are all moderately well off they are all around the same age and they all have some connection to the game of cricket This seeming difficulty turns out to be one of the novel s strengthsA writer s tools are sharpened pon their knowledge of human nature and as we read we discover that Ladd s tools are very sharp indeed A lazy writer will accentuate minor differences between characters or lean pon ready to hand stereotypes but Ladd shies away from these You will not find the ditsy blonde the funny guy the earnest one the clueless one Dopey Sneezy or Doc Ladd s characters are by their individual wants needs regrets Dopey Sneezy or Ladd s characters are differentiated by their individual wants needs regrets hopes which are finely drawn They are all at times funny witty stupid and earnest This techniue establishes each character s point of view with a force which is at once memorable and engagingMy allegiance to one character s point of view was invariably challenged on reading the following chapter written from another character s point of view The effect was a broadening of my perspective I was forced to examine events from different anglesLadd overcame my complacency too I thought I knew these people and in knowing them secretly despised them But as I read her characters revealed themselves in Unforeseen (Kingdom Keepers, unexpected ways now they met my expectations now they exceeded them I was given an opportunity to warm to characters I would ordinarily shun in life This is no small thingLast Summer is an entirely adult story Here we find married people dealing with the conseuences of a tragedy but having only the tools of ordinary suburban existence to aid them The people described in Last Summer aren t philosophers they can t crawl off to live in a barrel and ponder the meaning of life After the funeral they have jobs to go to That week the kids will have to be pickedp from school dinner will have to be made as will the beds and the laundry won t get done all by itself The rest of the. From the points of view of nine of the people who are mourning Rory this riveting novel presents a vivid snapshot of contemporary suburban Australia and how we live now Marriage friendship family all are dissected with great psychological insight as they start to Nascars Wildest Wrecks unravelnder the pressure of grief The characters live on the page; their lives are nfolded and their dilemmas are as real Last SummerCricket season awaits too A new captain has to be appointed the fund raisers still have to be organised and someone has to replace Rory as coach of the Kookaburras the kids cricket teamThe great internal strength we appreciate when reading Last Summer comes from Ladd s weaving together of what could be nine novellas We feel compelled to read on not only for the realisation of one grand scheme but the conclusion of many secondary plots as well The wonder of it all is how seamlessly Ladd combines these sometimes disparate threadsI would say Ladd is of a listener than a talker In Last Summer the author recedes allowing the characters to take centre stage One can imagine Ladd in a room full of people finding it hard to concentrate on the conversation she may be having with you not because she finds you dull but because she is simultaneously keeping track of the needs wants and desires of everyone else in the room It is this interest in people which enables her to construct scenes with large groups and there are many in the book without letting the reader miss out on a thing Few writers nderstand the mentality of the group Ladd doesLadd s life beyond the page may give some insight into her interest in and knowledge of people Dr Ladd has a PhD in neuropsychology which is to say she has made an extreme sport of voyeurism Not happy with peeping through windows she has taken to peering into the very workings of the brain In laymen s terms she is one smart cookieIt is clear on reading Last Summer though that Ladd is an artist first and foremost Her ability to reproduce the phrasing of a liar to provide meaning with an action left half done to describe the slow and painful progress of someone attempting to clamber over the ramparts of a wounded heart these cannot be reduced to her professional interest in human psychology We must conclude that an artist s instinct and craft is at work here tooBut having said that Ladd does not offer Outlaw Bride us flights of fancy Last Summer confirms Ladd s preference for the true This is fiction which clasps fact s hand and will not let it go Ladd s prose isnderstated purposefully so I feel She knows she must keep James Still uiet and not interrupt with fancy phrases or authorial interjections She is aware how important it is to keep the line of her narrative taught Last Summer is art cleansed of hyperbole modern realism at its mostnobtrusiveLadd depicts her characters coming to grips with their loss and what it means in the midst of the chaos of contemporary suburban life Our suburban life Although we may feel invincible we may feel that we have examined our lives that we are prepared for any eventuality often than not when tragedy strikes we find we are Another Turn of the Crank unprepared hopelessly soLast Summer caused me to reflect on life On my life too How well do I communicate with others How important are my relationships Is this the life I want to be living Have I made these choices or have they been made for meLadd remindss that when death comes it is too late to ask these Native Son uestions We can t schedule time for a breakdown We can t make things right by sheer will By lettings into the lives of these people Ladd offers The White Paternoster, And Other Stories us an opportunity to make sense of a subject we shun simplify or worse mythologiseI read Last Summerickly greedily I really wanted to know what happened next how these people would cope When I wasn t reading it when I was at work I kept thinking I should text the characters to see how they were doing They had become such a part of my life It was a wonderful feeling A great thing for a novel to achieveAnd even though Last Summer made me stare right into the Laid unremarkable face of death when I closed the book and leaned back to think I realised that the central theme of the book is not death but life and how to live it wellMy one complaint is that the novel moves tooickly and the end comes too soon I would The World Rushed in uite happily have lingered for longer amongst these characters But perhaps that is Ladd s intent Perhaps she wants to encourages to get out and meet our neighbours in the fleshKylie Ladd is a strong intelligent subtle and wise new voice in Australian literature who is already being compared with Christos Tsiolkas Malcolm Knox and Helen Garner Last Summer is a warm entertaining and somewhat life changing novel which will be enjoyed and re read by readers of Jodi Picoult Ian McEwan and Colm ToibinAnd to the five or six people reading this who know of my taste in literature and raise their eyebrows at such words of commendation I say I mean every word And to those who read Last Summer and find not what I have found I say look again This is only the second novel I have read of this author and like the first I again This is only the second novel I have of this author and like the first I this immensely How not is only the second I have read of this author and like the first I this immensely How not the closest of friends can fall apart when they lose a loved one how people can t cope with their own grief little alone help their loved ones Worth the read Last Summer was another Australian fiction novel I d been recommended on Goodreads Although it was an easy to read fast paced book I didn t entirely enjoy itLadd has successfully presented the reader with a vast range of ways that people deal with grief and moving on after losing a loved one Some of her characters lost their passion for life others wanted to pick themselves Essential Business Networking up and carry on like normal Rarely did any of them talk to each other about the sorrow they were feeling not even to their spouses Aside from this Ladd s work was also about normal adult life how her characters coped with married life and parenthood None of the characters seemed happy with their lives and all seemed to be dealing with some form of marital strife which I found depressing and wasncomfortable to read The characters were realistic nevertheless with normal issues and everyday stressesThe chapters are divided amongst nine characters providing the reader with He Taught Me to Hope (Darcy and the Young Knights Quest uniue perspectives on the tragic death of Rory After each chapter it felt like you had come to somenderstanding of what a character was like only to have that Knights of the Hill Country understandingnravel once you read from a different characters perspective The style reminded me very much of The Slap Christos Tsiolkas although I enjoyed Ladd s work The ending felt particularly rushed for me and there were a number of characters that I felt Ladd hadn t finished dealing with most notably Nick and Laine Nevertheless Ladd gives an excellent portrayal on the effect grief has on the individual friendships and family A House Built out of Stone units disappointing the story never really went anywhere and the ending was sudden and felt like it was still the middle of the boo. S our ownLast Summer is a stunning novel about loss the terrible pain of losing a husband brother or friend but also all those smaller losses that everyone must face the loss of youth the shattering of dreams the fading of convictions and the change in our notions of who we thought we were It is also about what comes after the loss how we pickp the pieces and the way we remake our lives. ,